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Annual Holiday “Treecycling” Program Kicks Off in Long Beach
Diko Melkonian, Manager
Environmental Services Bureau
Department of Public Works

As the holiday season wraps up, the Department of Public Works, Environmental Services Bureau (ESB) has kicked off its annual Holiday Tree Recycling program, known as “Treecycling.”  This program provides residents with multiple options for disposal of live holiday trees free of charge – while keeping the trees out of the trash. Through January 12, 2018, residents can drop off trees at locations throughout the city, as shown on

“I encourage all Long Beach residents who have disposable holiday trees to head over to a Treecycling drop-off location,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “This recycling service helps prevent CO2 emissions, so let’s help keep Long Beach clean together.”

Each year, the City collects an average of over 200 tons of holiday trees, which equal approximately ten- to fifteen-thousand trees. Trees that are dropped off at any of the twelve drop-off locations around the city, as well as those collected during the Citywide Treecycling Pick-Up, are sent to a chipping facility to be turned into landscaping mulch, or to a biomass conversion facility for energy generation. According to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency models, the diversion of this waste from landfills prevents CO2 emissions equivalent to the consumption of over 8,300 gallons of gasoline. Additionally, proper disposal of holiday trees through the Treecycling program prevents fire hazards by reducing the number of trees illegally dumped in alleys or public right-of-ways.

“There are so many festive memories made around the tree each year – from going out to a local tree lot, to hanging the decorations, to opening gifts with loved ones. This year, we’re asking everyone to keep the memories – and recycle the tree,” said Erin Rowland, Waste Reduction and Recycling Officer of Public Works-ESB. “Treecycling is a free, convenient way for residents to keep waste out of landfills and practice sustainability.”

Treecycling drop-off locations are open weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. through January 12, 2018. The Citywide Treecycling Pick-Up day will occur on Saturday, January 13, 2018. Residents with City refuse collection service may place their tree where trash is normally collected by 7:00 a.m. that morning.

All trees must have decorations and stands removed, and trees over 12 feet tall should be cut in half. No artificial trees or trees generated from businesses are allowed at Treecycling drop-off locations (residential sources only).

About Environmental Services Bureau

The Public Works Environmental Services Bureau preserves the upkeep of the cityscape with a robust refuse and recycling collection service that serves more than 120,000 residential and commercial customers, and street sweeping operations that span from the City’s major corridors to its residential streets. Visit us at, "Like" us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

About Public Works

The Long Beach Public Works Department strives to operate, preserve, and enhance the City's physical infrastructure and transportation systems. The Department provides a variety of community services including the repair, rehabilitation and general upkeep of City streets, trees, sidewalks, and City structures. Public Works also provides emergency support services throughout the City. Visit us at, "Like" us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.